Marja-Leena Rathje
Home ::: Rock Art & Archaeology

island hopping '13, day 2

One reason we stayed at Campbell River the first night of our island hopping holiday was that we wanted to visit Quadra Island, a short ferry ride away. Some years ago when I was researching rock art around British... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2013 | 12 comments
themes: Anthropology, Canada and BC, Culture, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel



With low energy and needing to catch up with other things, I want to just quickly share several exciting-to-me links I've been enjoying this week, on the subjects of archaeology, art and story writing: 1. Lascaux's Picassos - What prehistoric... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/10/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Books, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology


paleo cartoons

Bison from the End Chamber of Chauvet Cave - from Bradshaw Foundation This is fascinating news: Prehistoric cave artists used cartoon-like techniques to give the impression that their images were moving across cave walls, two French researchers have suggested.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/09/2012 | 10 comments
themes: Books, Films, Rock Art & Archaeology


on ruins

Long-time blog friend Lucy of Box Elder writes wonderful posts from her home in Brittany. I love her rambling stories and gorgeous photos of her garden and the world she lives in, of forays to explore many interesting towns... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/08/2012 | 15 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology




detail from FRAGMENTS II

[Continue Reading...]

Herzog film on Chauvet Caves

Bison from the End Chamber of Chauvet Cave - from Bradshaw Foundation As most long time readers of my blog know, I am fascinated by ancient pictographs, petroglyphs and other art forms. They have been an inspiration in my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/08/2011 | 22 comments
themes: Films, Rock Art & Archaeology


another hand print - part 2

The story about the hand print on the snowblower keeps getting more interesting. If you have not already read that post and the comments especially from Richard and my reply, may I suggest doing so, then come back here.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Neat stuff, Rock Art & Archaeology


Finnish rock art exhibition

I am delighted to have received an invitation to Ismo Luukkonen's exhibition Marked on Rock - Photographs of Prehistoric Rock Paintings at the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki. The exhibition is open June 16th to September 18th, 2011.... [Continue Reading...]

Gabriola Petroglyph Park

Back to our visit and explorations a month ago (already!) on Gabriola Island. I previously featured a few images taken of some petroglyphs we found on one forest trail. The next day we visited the Gabriola Museum. Though closed mid-week... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/06/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Books, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Gabriola's petroglyphs 2

Learning of our interest in petroglyphs, our excellent B&B host on Gabriola Island told us of one accessible trail to one collection of them. We were warned that many are so worn that it is hard to spot them... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/05/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks, Travel


Gabriola's petroglyphs

a Gabriola Island petroglyph I have more photos plus notes to share on the petroglyphs we saw on Gabriola Island, along with many more rock photos.... when I have some time. I've been quiet on this blog for we... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks, Travel


a silver quarter

I give you a brief break from Gabriola rocks to tell you about curiosity and an unusual looking Canadian silver quarter which I found in the pile of change on husband's dresser. On one side it has three figures... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/05/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


birthdays and valentines

A blog-friend who knows and shares my love of rock art and images of hands captured this wonderful pictograph** and created this lovely birthday card for me. Thank you for this, Siona. Siona's blog is a treasure of beautiful,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/02/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology


math in cuneiform

I'm no mathematician but I'd like to point you to a fascinating review in the New York Times: Masters of Math, From Old Babylon. I wish I could see this this exhibition in person, however the online information and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2010 | 4 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


the art instinct

I heard a fascinating podcast quite some time ago on CBC Radio's IDEAS Podcasts and had saved the link, meaning to share it on my blog. Forgotten though it was, I found it again today as I was going through... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/11/2010 | be the first to comment
themes: Books, Concepts, Rock Art & Archaeology


little sketchbook

As some of you know, we visited Montreal last June and met in person long-time online friend Beth and her husband. I've been wanting to show this special and beautiful gift Beth gave me, a little sketchbook about 10... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/10/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology


rare Lascaux photos

Rare, Unpublished: Lascaux Steer Photo: Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Jan 01,1947 This is exciting, if you love ancient cave paintings as much as a I do. has a gallery of previously unpublished rare photos, the first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/09/2010 | 19 comments
themes: History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Whale Valley

Photograph by Richard Barnes My copy of the August issue of the National Geographic magazine arrived yesterday. I always enjoy most of the articles they publish but as you know, my favourites are anything to do with rocks and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/07/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


South Nevada rock art, part 4

Below are several more of guest contributor Loretta's amazing photos of petroglyphs from the Grapevine Canyon near Christmas Tree Pass - please visit part 3 for the information. Please see also part 1 and part 2 of the series... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


South Nevada rock art, part 3

We continue this short collaborative series with guest contributor Loretta who is kindly sharing her observations and photographs of some of the rock art found in her home region in the southwest US. (Please see part 1 and part 2.)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2010 | 3 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


South Nevada rock art, part 2

We continue the series by guest contributor Loretta who shares her observations and photos of rock art from her home region in southwest US, with links added by me. Please visit Part 1 should you have missed it. The Valley... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/05/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


South Nevada rock art, part 1

I'm thrilled to introduce Loretta as a guest contributor who will be most generously sharing her observations and amazing photos of rock art that she has found in her home region in southwest US. Loretta has done all the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/05/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, Rock Art & Archaeology


a special Easter greeting

We received this astonishing Easter greeting this morning from artist friends Loit and Virge Joekalda in Tallinn, Estonia. I'm so in love with it that I asked permission to share it here. Loit wrote that last fall he made... [Continue Reading...]

revisiting Hornby's petroglyphs

This year's mini-vacation to Hornby Island was a sort of pilgrimage for me as we revisited some favourite spots from past visits. It must be over 15 years ago when we first saw the petroglyphs made by early First... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/11/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Books, Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks


Ancient Britain: Avebury

                            Last of our destinations during our day long tour of Ancient Britain was Avebury. Like Stonehenge, Avebury is very well-known and many believe it is the superior stone circle. Certainly it is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/07/2009 | 15 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Ancient Britain: Silbury & West Kennet

                    Soon after passing the White Horse we could see Silbury Hill, a huge man-made chalk mound near Avebury. It is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and one of the world's largest. Composed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/07/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Ancient Britain: Stonehenge

                        The high point of our guided tour of some of Britain's ancient sites has to be Stonehenge. It is so well known, researched and written about that I won't even try to touch... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Ancient Britain: Old Sarum

After visiting Salisbury on the first stop of a guided day tour to several ancient sites of Britain, we moved on to nearby Old Sarum. This hilltop is surrounded by banks and ditches with layers of 5,000 years of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/07/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


London: British Museum

    The day after the art-filled visit with Natalie, and feeling a bit more confident with the transit system, my husband and I ventured out on our own on the double-decker bus. We sat up on top, front row and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/06/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


Devonian Fossils

        Imagine having ancient fossils in your own backyard. Henry Domke is the lucky person and has captured their variety and beauty in gorgeous photographs in his Devonian Fossils album. Do have a look, I think you will enjoy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/04/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


touring Teotihuacán

Pyramid of the Sun, photo by Tjeerd Wiersma for Wikipedia It's been ages since I've blogged about anything to do with one of my interests and inspirations, archaeology. Just now I've been traveling, virtually that is, through the Teotihuacán... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/03/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


hands, still

I keep thinking a lot about hands and what they do. Hunt, plant, gather and eat food. Cook, clean, sew, build. Touch, hold, caress, massage, love. Hold tools to make, write, create, play. And print and paint hands on rock walls...........

[Continue Reading...]

England's Rock Art

...learning about the launch of ERA: England's Rock Art on the Web

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/08/2008 | 11 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


lines of age

        The lines on the rock are like the lines on the face of an elder. What events have created them? Where have these rocks come from? What tumultuous journeys have they suffered? How old are they?    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2008 | 2 comments
themes: History, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks


time traveller

Heidi Henderson is a time traveller and author of the blog, Archea, Musings in Natural History.

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/05/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Books, History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Elaine de Kooning

Recently I discovered Elaine de Kooning and some work she had done at Crown Point over 20 years ago...

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/03/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Books, Other artists, Printmaking, Rock Art & Archaeology



Browsing the latest posts at The Megalithic Portal a few weeks ago, an article with the name Vottovaara, caught my attention for it sounds Finnish and also sounded rather familiar to me....

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/01/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Rock Art & Archaeology


Range Creek Canyon art

It's been awhile since I wrote about rock art... Many of us know about the fantastic collections of native rock art in Utah, USA. The quality and quantity of beautiful rock art in the Range Creek Canyon of Utah first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/12/2007 | 4 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Seven years and Thanksgiving

The amazing wood s lot is 7 years old, and that's a lot in blog years! In addition to his ever rich cornucopia, for the past few months Mark has been posting his own beautiful photos of his home... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/10/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


rocks bearing fossils

        Eight years ago, when I had an exhibition of my works in a gallery in Edmonton, Alberta, my husband and I decided to deliver my framed works by car and make this journey into a bit of a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/09/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks


ancient chewing gum

imagine my surprise reading this at Mirabilis: A 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum has been discovered by an archaeology student on a dig in western FINLAND

[Continue Reading...]

Writing-on-Stone Park

This morning, I was very excited by an article in our newspaper about Writing-on-Stone Park in Alberta, a very important place for me, spiritually and artistically. Unfortunately, the online version does not include the photos of some of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/08/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks


a labyrinth

I have often wished to visit some of the labyrinths found in different parts of the world. Strangely, the very first labyrinth I ever did walk on was just a two days ago right here in the Vancouver area.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2007 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture, Rock Art & Archaeology


Bella Coola petroglyphs

Chris Corrigan is presently up in Bella Coola, on the northern coast of British Columbia. I'm very excited to read: "...we hiked up to the incredibly impressive petroglyphs...

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/05/2007 | 1 comment
themes: Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


the call of our past

I keep thinking about my deep fascination for my own origins, of the origins of the Finno-Ugrics, and of all humans. I'm understanding more and more that this is at the very root of my fascination and passion for the traces left behind by these early people...

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/04/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Being an Artist, Rock Art & Archaeology


hands in rock art

Do you recall my handprints? As you know, they were inspired by many rock art hand paintings from around the world, such as those in Borneo. Well, I've just been peeking into the Bradshaw Foundation pages to see what's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/03/2007 | 21 comments
themes: Printmaking, Rock Art & Archaeology



Reader Bill, knowing my interest in prehistoric art, recently sent me a link to a very informative website. OriginsNet is about "Researching the Origins of Art, Religion, & Mind".

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/02/2007 | 6 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Ancient British Columbia


I'm thrilled and proud to have two of my photographs of Hornby Island petroglyphs in this book....

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/01/2007 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


wombat's world

checked out a link back to my blog from Wombat's World -the writer was going to Finland to see the Astuvansalmi rock paintings!

[Continue Reading...]

rock paintings & blogs

I'm thrilled whenever I come across images of ancient rock art unexpectedly and this has just happened twice over two days. Regular readers will know that it's a subject of great interest and inspiration for me even in my own art making.

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/09/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology


the human journey

I've been happily lost in my travels through the pages of the Atlas of the Human Journey. I'm always fascinated to learn more about the amazing migration of humans from Africa to all the far corners of the earth.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/08/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology


watch this!

...the PBS series How Art Made the World is beginning tonight on your local PBS channel. In Vancouver, that's KCTS 9 from Seattle at 10 pm.

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Films, History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Alberta Trip Day 3

This was the big day, the main reason for this trip. We finally made it to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta, a major site of hoodoos, petroglyphs and pictographs.

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/06/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks


more Lascaux

CultureGrrl author Lee Rosenbaum, a longtime cultural journalist who writes for Wall Street Journal and Art in America wrote some interesting observations about the prehistoric art scene in the Dordogne region...

[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/06/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Save Lascaux

Recently I wrote about the fungus in Lascaux Caves. Since then I've had some interesting correspondence from Melody Di Piazza. She has given me permission to share it with my readers (hyperlinks mine): "I am the vice-chair of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/05/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


fungus in Lascaux Caves

Image from The Painted Gallery This is disturbing news. After reading it, I had to go and revisit the online Lascaux Caves site to marvel over the great art, such as the image above. 'A pernicious white fungus has... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


prunings, rockpiles & pennies

Some recommended reading today: 1. PRUNED is a blog about "landscape architecture and related fields", which includes earth art. I've been browsing through the archives finding treasures like panographies. PRUNINGS I to XX on the sidebar offers many eclectic... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/04/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology



One example of the rock art in the Wits University collection, which is probably the largest in the world (Image: Origins Centre) From the City of Johannesburg comes this exciting news for archaeology and anthropology fans like me: Origins... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/04/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


more Petra

Petra, Jordan, 1998 Photograph by Annie Griffiths Belt "Reclining on a rooftop carved two millennia ago, a Bedouin surveys the realm of the Nabataeans, whose ancient capital beckons from the sands of southern Jordan. Forgotten for centuries, Petra still... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/03/2006 | 7 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


a batik exhibition

This little news item in Stone Pages caught my eye and really piqued my interest: Exhibition: Spirits of the Stones "A touring exhibition by Annabel Carey of batiks featuring stone circles in England, Scotland and Wales, which began at the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/02/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology


thank you

On the occasion of the second anniversary of this blog I offer all my dear readers this virtual bouquet of thanks for your wonderful friendship! What an amazing network around the world has opened up with this blogging phenomena.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology



I've been wandering in the past again, looking at a marvelous site on Avebury. It contains comprehensive information about the amazing Neolithic standing stones in southern England, including plans, maps, panoramic views, history and links to explore further. "Whereas... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/11/2005 | 6 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology



© - scanned from Vancouver Sun Nov.26.2005 A little message to yours truly and her obsession with rock art?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Neat stuff, Rock Art & Archaeology


Carnac megaliths

A "marking" on stone, Carnac. Photograph by Stephen Miller. Stephen Miller's dramatic photos of Megaliths in the Carnac region of France capture "a certain kind of spell over the whole area, hard to pin down, maybe like an echo... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/10/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Zimbabwe rock art

I've recently discovered Mayday 34°35'S 150°36'E, a "Finnish-Australian blog about survival in rural New South Wales", Australia. Anni Heimo writes her posts in both Finnish and English. The other day, I was pleasantly surprised to read: "Somewhere in 1990s,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/10/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology



Petroglyph: The Hunt - Photograph by Ray Rasmussen On my daily rounds of the blogs today, I was thrilled to discover at wood s lot a photo and link to the site of some wonderful photographs taken by several... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/10/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Wolf Cave

Here's an interesting find, not rock art this time, but archaeology. Susiluola or Wolf Cave is northern Europe's oldest known human dwelling site. In most places the last ice age destroyed evidence from the warmer interglacial periods of previous... [Continue Reading...]

a rubbing

This is a rubbing I made of a wonderful image embedded in the cover of a book I found in the library a few days ago. Indian Rock Carvings of the Pacific Northwest by Edward Meade (1971) has numerous... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2005 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Books, Rock Art & Archaeology


Kiwi Stonehenge

Checking through my old bookmarks, I came across an old BBC article about the opening last February of a Stonehenge in New Zealand. "For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge, often totally unaware of how structures such... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/09/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Modern Rock Art, Rock Art & Archaeology


Pekka Kivikäs

As my readers know, I'm nuts about prehistoric art, particularly that of northern Europe. One site that I check periodically is**, a Finnish portal for archaeology fans. Recently I spotted a notice about some new books (PDF) that... [Continue Reading...]

Vaseaux Lake pictographs

My own art work is keeping me preoccupied these days, especially with the exhibition coming up in November, so today I'm being a lazy blogger. May I point you to a link provided once again by reader Bill Knight... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/09/2005 | 12 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


Rock art in Northern Australia

Early rock painting at Ubirr, Northern Australia From MMOA's Timeline of Art History The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History has a section on the history of art in Australia. Most fascinating for me was reading about... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/09/2005 | 8 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Rock Art of SW Texas

Photos: Jim Zintgraff This is an exciting find: The Rock Art Foundation has a very impressive website "to promote the conservation and study of the Native American Rock Art in the Lower Pecos region of Southwest Texas." I did... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/09/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Spirit in the Stone

"Salmon Man" on beach at Quadra Island - drawing by Hilary Stewart I am slowly savoring Spirit in the Stone by Joy Inglis, a book that was recommended to me by reader Irene from Manitoba and which I recently... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/08/2005 | 23 comments
themes: Books, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


Lascaux Caves replica

The Unicorn in the Great Hall of the Bulls, Lascaux Caves A few days ago I picked up a gorgeous book from the library - Chauvet Cave: The Art of Earliest Times by Jean Clottes, and Paul G. Bahn... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/08/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Books, Rock Art & Archaeology


Borneo rock art

Stone Gallery Photograph by Carsten Peter I'm really enjoying this month's issue of the National Geographic magazine, particularly the beautiful article 'Hands Across Time, Exploring the Rock Art of Borneo', also found on NG's website. "Deep within the cliffside... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Adriel Heisey desert photos

After blogging about cuneiforms last week, I happened to go its source, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. I noticed this announcement: "FROM ABOVE: IMAGES OF A STORIED LAND,"Adriel Heisey's Aerial Photographs of the American... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Lascaux & Lakota

The Swan Winter Count On a short lunch and rest break from final preparations for painting (rooms not canvas), I'm wandering through some favourite blogs. I'm really excited by these two posts about early man's art and its reproduction,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/08/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology



This is my monogram in cuneiform the way an ancient Babylonian might have written it. See what yours looks like at Write Like a Babylonian. With my interest in petroglyphs and pictograms, I was fascinated to learn that "Pictograms,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


Art in Nature

Doesn't this scene look very magical and surreal, with the strange almost man-made looking sculptural forms scattered about in the landscape? Photo from the World Conservation Union (IUCN), via BBC It is the desert floor of Wadi al-Hitan, or Whale... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, History, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


good links

Here's a small collections of links I've been saving to share for your reading pleasure: 1. More about Smithson at Print Australia and Modern Art Notes 2. As a lover of rock art and earth art, I was excited to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Neat stuff, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology


writers and hoodoos

What are hoodoos? Do the hoodoos have native petroglyphs or pictographs? Is "hoodoo" an aboriginal word?

[Continue Reading...]

badlands, hoodoos & petroglyphs


[Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks



I occasionally visit and explore PrimitiiviNet, an interesting website about archaeology and anthropology news, articles, books, and links to other related sites. It is written in a slightly disconcerting (to non-Finns) mix of English and Finnish by a Finn, Pekka... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/06/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


Journey of Mankind

"Who were our ancestors? From where did we originate? If we came out of Africa, what factors governed our routes? And when? Now finally this interactive map reveals an exciting journey of opportunity and survival, confirmed by genetic science... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/06/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology



As readers know, I'm fascinated by rock art, so Tom Montag - The Middlewesterner's recent posts about a rock art conference that he is involved with really grabbed my attention. As media coordinator for the 2005 ESRARA Rock Art Conference... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/05/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


prehistoric art and us

Wandering through some old book-marked articles, I came across a very interesting old one (2003) that seems very timely so soon after my Creswell Crags post. In Taking shape: Prehistoric art and us Victoria James discusses what prehistoric art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/04/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


Creswell Crags cave art

An overdrawn photo of the stag engraving in Church Hole (Photo: Sergio Ripoll). Found at Zinken, where it may be viewed much enlarged. For over a year I've been reading with great interest about the rock art finds in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/04/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


interactive digs

Thank you, everyone, for all the lovely get well wishes, I do appreciate them very much. A bad week was followed by another one, still battling bronchitis now with some antibiotics, but I think it can only get better now.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/04/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Rock Art & Archaeology


teaching archaeology

Stone Pages Archaeo News is on my regular reading list. The article below piqued my interest and the wish to share it. It's copied in its entirety because their articles are not hyperlinked. 'Teaching British children archaeology A Decade... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/03/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Becoming Human

Are you a bookmarker like me? When I come across some interesting web sites that I don't have time to read in depth at that moment, I'll save it into a temp folder. The list gets rather long, so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/02/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Australian rock art

Linden Langdon, a printmaker living in Tasmania, has chimed in with a lovely comment on last week's post Anniversary & Rocks. She writes: "I have put together a flash file of a few photos my mum has taken while she... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/02/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


anniversary & rocks

Well, today is this blog's first anniversary and what a wonderful ride it has been. Many thanks to all you faithful readers and commentors and the still growing numbers of visitors who have been and are still making this... [Continue Reading...]

Aztec Empire exhibit

Charles Downey has visited The Aztec Empire exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (lucky guy!). I highly recommend you read his excellent review if you are interested in the Aztec culture as I am. As he says... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Rock Art & Archaeology


Stonehenge book

Here's an interesting tidbit about Stonehenge found in today's Arts Journal: Daily Arts News: 'Stonehenge Under Attack (For 150 Years) - Debate is roaring over a plan to redo the Stonehenge site to accomodate tourists. But photographs over the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Books, Rock Art & Archaeology


archaeology & anthropology books

As my dear readers know, I'm fascinated by archaeology and anthropology. So, this article in the Guardian caught my eye: Michelle Paver's favourite books on archaeology and anthropology. All the listed books, some new to me, make me greedy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Books, Rock Art & Archaeology


endangered art

There are lots of news breaking stories of new archaeological discoveries around the world, especially in newly "opened" countries like Bulgaria and China, as evidenced on Stone Pages and Zinken for example. Even in the British Isles, which seem... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/11/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Norway's rock drawings

It has been a little while since I visited**, a Finnish (no English) archaeological web portal written by Marjukka Mäkelä. It is a wonderful resource on the activities and research mainly into Finnish and some Russian and Scandinavian... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Rock Art: Siberia and Alps

Erkki Luoma-aho presents his photographs of petroglyphs at Siberia's Tom and Jenisei Rivers and at Valcamonica in the Italian Alps, taken during his travels in 2000 and 2001. The site is in Finnish, but it consists mostly of photos.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/09/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology



Petra, Jordan has long been on my dream wish list of places I'd love to visit and use in my artwork. Now Art Daily reports that the Cincinnati Art Museum will feature Petra: Lost City of Stone, the most... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


rock art photography

Wood s Lot has linked to Alain Briot's beautiful rock art portfolio. Have you seen my earlier posts on the rock art of Utah, the US Southwest, and their damage by acts of vandalism? If you looked at the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Art Daily is back

Zinken posted about a report on the fascinating Creswell Crags, which I have been reading about with great interest for some time, and which led me to the newly returned Art Daily - thanks! I wrote with some sadness... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Rock Art & Archaeology


Flying stones of Lapland

I have been having an interesting email correspondence with Vyacheslav Mizin, a Russian in St. Petersburg who found my site and wrote to me about his interests and research into Arctic stone cultures. His research trips around the St.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/08/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Rock Art & Archaeology


Rock Art defaced

News from Stone Pages: Rare Rock Art defaced in Utah "Utah archeologists are fuming with the discovery that ancient art has been vandalized. The Buckhorn Pictograph in Emery County (U.S.A.) has been defaced with charcoal and chalk. The Bureau of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/08/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Inuit Places of Power

This is a beautiful and moving site that I came across yesterday in my web research on the art of Canada's Northern people: The Canadian Museum of Civilization exhibition Places of Power, Objects of Veneration in the Canadian Arctic.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Southwestern US Rock Art

A few days ago I wrote about the endangered rock art of Nine Mile Canyon in Utah. One of the links for sites of images was that of Doak Heyser. While browsing elsewhere, I found a link to Heyser's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/07/2004 | 5 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Nine Mile Canyon, Utah

News from Stone Pages (July 24.04): "Court backs natural gas probe of Utah's Nine Mile Canyon" "A federal judge gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a company to search for natural gas near Utah's Nine Mile Canyon, renowned for its... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/07/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Colony of Avalon

This caught my eye today on CBC Arts News: "Funding problems plague ongoing Nfld. archeological dig." "An ongoing excavation project in Newfoundland and Labrador continues to turn up some of the oldest artifacts ever discovered in North America, but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/07/2004 | 1 comment
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Karelia's Rock Art & History

Andrew Heninen is a Karelian (Finnish-Russian) programmer with a keen interest in the history of lost Finnish territories. Karelia (or Karjala in Finnish) is a territory which straddles the present-day border between Finland and Russia, and is home to... [Continue Reading...]

Finnish Rock Paintings

"Finnish rock paintings are an unique link to the world of the Stone Age people. The paintings are made 6000- 3000 years ago in vertical rock surfaces. The nearby lake was an important waterway, These pages introduce some of... [Continue Reading...]

the Sami and Siida

Part of my ongoing research into my Finnish ethnology has been learning more about the other groups in the Finno-Ugrian family of people. The Sami (formerly called Lapps) of Northern Finland, Sweden, Norway and Northwest Russia are one group and... [Continue Reading...]

Rock Art in Saskatchewan

I'm learning more about rock art in other parts of Canada. Here are reproductions and photos of aboriginal rock paintings or pictographs along the Saskatchewan portion of the Churchill River. These are taken from the book The Aboriginal Rock... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


South African Rock Art

Rock art of northern Europe is of great interest to me because of my roots, but unfortunately there are not many really good photo resources available online. So, when sorting through old bookmarks and coming across an article from... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Stonehenge & Manhattan

Here's a great link that I had bookmarked and forgotten about for a while: NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. They are truly incredible images that I wish I could claim as my creations! What reminded me again of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/05/2004 | 5 comments
themes: Neat stuff, Rock Art & Archaeology


visiting Karelia

Going through some of my old bookmarked links, I came across a favourite saved sometime around the year 2000, The Karelian Journal. It is a fascinating real-life story about an international group that travels to the northwestern region of... [Continue Reading...]

Columbia River petroglyphs

As regular readers of this blog know, I have a special, sometimes passionate interest in the rock art and petroglyphs of ancient people, particularly of Northern Europe and the northwest region of North America. So, this comes as good... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/05/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Full Circle

"One hundred thousand years ago, our ancestors walked out of their African homeland to explore and settle the rest of the world. The paths they chose were to lead them to all corners of the earth. While some tribes turned... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/05/2004 | 2 comments
themes: History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Nexus: Vyg & Willendorf


Nexus: Vyg & Willendorf
inkjet print on Hahnemuhle watercolour paper
61 x 80 cm.

[Continue Reading...]

petroglyphs in BC

Rock carvings and paintings are found throughout the inhabited world. In British Columbia alone, over 500 examples of this type of archaeological site have been recorded, more than in any other province in Canada. Last week, on our way... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/04/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


The Spell of Rock Art

A prize possession of mine is the 2003 Finno-Ugric Calendar published by the Estonian Society of Prehistoric Art and the Fenno-Ugria Foundation. The photo work was done by society member Loit Joekalda, whom I met in Tallinn in 2002. It... [Continue Reading...]

what makes us human?

A year ago, City of Tampere's Museum Centre Vapriikki** in Finland presented a multi-media exhibition on rock art organized by an international consortium: "Dawn of the Human Spirit" The exhibition statement offers a clear perspective on why rock art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/03/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology


Rock art research

In my research into the history and art of my ancestors, a wealth of information has come from Loit Joekalda of Estonia.. He believes the best researcher of the rock art of the Fenno-Ugrians is Väinö Poikalainen, chair of... [Continue Reading...]


Continuing the story about our travels in conjuction with our Traces exhibition in Vaasa... Leaving Helsinki, a fast ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland took us to Tallinn, Estonia with its fascinating medieval walled old town, surrounded by... [Continue Reading...]

Fenno-Ugrian people

Some of my image research delves into the marks left by early humans, particularly the Fenno-Ugrian peoples. Their region includes Finland (my birth country), Karelia (now in Russia), Estonia and Lapland or Sami. The Gallen-Kallela Museum in Finland had an... [Continue Reading...]